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Newry secure stunning comeback against Bangor

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

NEWRY City manager Darren Mullen said his side "won't get carried away" after their brilliant comeback win at Bangor, ending their five game losing streak.

Bangor ...3
Newry City AFC ...5

Mullen's side hit four unanswered goals to come back from 3-1 down to secure all three points and move them to fifth spot in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League.

Speaking after the game, Mullen praised his side's spirit and is hoping they can put a decent run together.

“Anyone who had watched our last two games would have seen the improvement in our play and to me, this result was not a big surprise," said the manager.

“At 3-1 down a victory may not have looked likely but I knew we would make chances and that comeback shows the spirit we have within the squad.

“After going one up we needed to stay solid for the next five minutes and paid the price for not doing so.

“We can't give teams at this level three goals but if there was a dramatic way to win a game then this was it.

“Once we equalised there only looked to be one winner and thankfully the lads got the reward that their effort and belief deserved.

“We didn't panic with our recent poor run and we won't get carried away with this victory but it gives a good chance to hopefully start putting a run of results together."

With the artificial surface at The Bangor Arena suiting Newry's fast passing style of play it was no surprise that they opened the scoring with a move woven between four players.

Kevin McArdle launched the attack from the half way line, moving the ball through the feet of Mark McCabe, Marty Havern and Keith Johnston before McArdle turned up inside the box to finish the sequence with a shot to the bottom corner of the Bangor net.

Newry failed to protect the lead conceding an equaliser almost immediately. A free-kick was whipped into the box and Ian Curran was most unfortunate to turn the ball into his own net.

Cruelly, Newry were made to pay for not converting their array of chances following the equaliser.

With 23 minutes gone, as they attempted to shepherd the ball over the goal line, possession was retrieved by Bangor and eventually recycled to the edge of the box from where Jordan Lucas gave Peter Murphy no chance with a clinical finish.

Things got worse for Newry on 50 minutes when a well-worked free-kick from Bangor caught the away side napping.

With a free-kick wide on the right, Bangor players congregated at the back post and surprised Newry with a low ball to the penalty spot. Despite Armstrong only half connecting with his shot, the ball broke to Bangor's debutant Baxter who scored from close range to put his side 3-1 up.

Newry reduced the deficit almost immediately as McArdle fed the ball down the line to Havern who, from the corner of the box, attempted an audacious lob to the far post, which Gibbons could only knock down.

Hughes was first to the ball and beat the keeper at his near post to reduce the arrears.

The equaliser saw Newry back to their best, Hughes and Johnston swapped passes before Johnston picked out McCabe in the box with a pin-point cross and the striker cleverly nodded the ball back for Havern to control in his stride before blasting a volley into the back of the Bangor net.

It was all Newry at this stage and on 68 minutes McCabe's persistence forced the home side into conceding a corner, which Johnston swung into the six-yard box, with McKeown powering the ball into the net with his header to make it 4-3.

Newry sealed the game on 86 minutes with a carbon copy of the previous goal.

Once more Johnston swung a dangerous corner across the goal and this time Mark Patton won the physical battle inside the box, rising highest to glance the ball past Gibbons to secure the points.

Newry's next match is another league match away to Moyola Park on Saturday, January 14, kick off 3pm.

Newry City travel club bus will leave The Stonebridge at 12.30pm.

 

NEWRY CITY AFC: Murphy, McArdle, King, Mullen, Curran, McCann, McKeown, Hughes, M McCabe, Havern and Johnston. Subs: McMullan, Patton, Lowry, Grant and S McCabe.

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